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03/16/2015
These days, when everybody is looking to tighten their belts and bolster their budgets, where your money goes is of crucial concern for all. That includes students at Louisiana Tech University, who have to be feeling pretty good about where their...
03/16/2015
Homework is a tool to get students to continue the skills and lessons that they are taught in class, while they’re at home. Homework is a great way to teach students positive study habits, organizations skills and the importance of meeting deadlines...
03/14/2015
Ah, how sweet is the sound of rawhide meshing with a leather glove or the unique crack of the wooden bat delivering a timely hit past a diving shortstop? Baseball is back. Those familiar trademarks of the game let me know the national pastime is in...
03/14/2015
They were gathering for a party.  Actually the occasion was going to be a major feast. Suddenly things stopped.  The hosts’ world had been turned upside down.  One host died before the honored Guest arrived.  The hosts had no idea what was going to...
03/14/2015
I love a good jog down memory lane. Recently I was treated to a double-barrel of nostalgia that was both special and enlightening. It started with the pleasure of revisiting my first school. I wandered the halls of Cypress Springs Elementary...
03/14/2015
Three Adult Tickets: $56.65 Pizza: $17.98 Face Painting: $10 ATM Fee: $4.50 Cotton Candy: $3 ICEE: $3 Popcorn: $2 Elephant Ride: $10 Inflated Elephant Toy: $10 Total Price of Circus: $117.13 This past weekend I braved the Barak Shrine Temple Circus...
03/14/2015
Question: I am nearly 70 and have not purchased long-term care insurance. Is it too late for me to do that due to the cost? Is it still wise for me to consider? Answer: If you’re 70, you probably remember Clint Eastwood’s famous phrase, “Do you feel...
03/14/2015
It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered quickly. But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may...
03/14/2015
We’ve just about arrived at spring, the time when many people spruce up their homes, yards and other parts of their surroundings. This year, why not extend that practice a little further and give your financial and investment environment a good “...
03/14/2015
It is so nice having granddaughter Marnie here. She is a tremendous help as I try to get back into the routine of normal living. It’s coming along slowly, so I guess that’s the best I can hope for. I suppose that’s where they got the saying, “...
03/13/2015
The Enterprise Center and the first and second year graduate students from the Louisiana Tech University School of Design are proud to present CODA. In music and literature a coda serves as an ending to one movement or segue for the work into the...
03/13/2015
My oldest brother Jimmy and I were talking on the phone the other day and we got on the subject of spanking, or whuppin’s, as we called them in the South. We both agreed that in our house you quickly learned the difference between being whupped and...
03/12/2015
Jimmie Davis’ most popular song was “You Are My Sunshine.” It was ironic because it was pitch black as I sat next to one of my best friends from New Orleans, Juashua, at Jimmie Davis State Park. All you could see was the light from a couple of fires...
03/11/2015
Never doubt Punxsutawney Phil. Three weeks to the day after America’s favorite furry forecaster saw his shadow and darted back into his burrow, winter arrived in Lincoln Parish. Rain. Sleet. Snow. Slush. Freezing stuff. Wintery mix. Whatever you...
03/10/2015
Do you ever dream of coming home after a long hectic day to a wonderful home cooked meal — you didn’t have to cook? Does this sound too good to be true? Not if you have a slow cooker. Slow cookers can help you prepare meals, save you time and money...
03/09/2015
How many of you have seen the public awareness campaign called “NO MORE”? This is an international campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. The first television commercials, produced by Law & Order actress Mariska Hargitay,...
03/09/2015
I joined the circus Sunday afternoon, and what an incredible experience it was. My family and I ventured out to see the Barak Shriners Circus at the Monroe Civic Center. I’ll admit, Barnum and Bailey and Ringling Brothers it wasn’t, but a smaller...
03/07/2015
If you’re reading this it’s too late to say goodbye, as musician Drake and my millennial coworker would say. As you read this, my husband and I will be packing up our home in preparation for movers and a several hour drive on Monday morning. My...
03/07/2015
I saw our in-house physician here at Churchill Estates yesterday. The funny part was, he said, “You are the sharpest 94 year old I’ve ever seen.” I thought that was nice, but wondered what prompted the remark. Turns out that someone named Jackie,...
03/06/2015
It’s no secret, and my husband will tell you in an instant, that I am not a math person. He has even joked saying that I think 2+2=5. But I know I am not that bad at math. I’m actually quite good at balancing a budget to a “T” and knowing where...